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Encourage0gramĀ  July 7, 2021

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram  July 7, 2021

Dear fellow-faith walkers,

I’ve been thinking about words we often sing or say that we may not know as well as we think we do.  As I took a few moments to review the meaning of some words the Lord opened my eyes to increased depth of His blessings!

“Hosanna”  The precise word in this form appears only 10 times in the Old Testament but it is found over 300 times in its various derivatives. The verb means to make wide or sufficient in contrast to tightness or narrow straits.  It is a cry for deliverance and subsequent sufficiency. The command Hosanna is calling on the Lord to save!  He alone is the One who can lead His sheep into wide pastures of blessings.  He alone can rescue us out of tight situations.  He alone can grant us freedom from slavery or light in the dark seasons of life. He alone is not only able but willing to do all this and much more.  Therefore, it is wise to cry out to God in prayer: “Hosanna!”  

Many of us will remember that this was the cry of the crowds to Jesus on Palm Sunday.  They were singing a familiar worship song from Psalm 118. 

NIV Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. 25 LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success!


The parallel phrase in the cry in verse 25 is grant us success!  It also is a cry to God!  We are often perplexed and confused.  We are wise to ask God for guidance.  He alone is the One who can lead us to true success. Once we receive his blessings we are eager to give Him all the glory!  We were at our “wits end” and He showed up to grant us success.  Here are two parallel uses of the verb which highlight its significance:


NIV Isaiah 53:10 

Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him (Messiah) and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes1 his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 


NIV Isaiah 55:11 

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 


I have a good friend who had just trusted in the Lord Jesus. He was attending a worship service when he heard the crowds singing to Rosanna.  He was confused but now he knows it was Hosanna!  


I hope that these thoughts will inspire each of us to cry out to God with confidence that He alone is able and wiling to save!  


Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Pastor Rick